7 swimmers have suits ripped off during todays swim and more…

In what can only be described as a bizarre incident,  7 Lucky’s Lake Swimmers had their suits completely torn from them by some unknown person/ water being during todays lake swim. Some believe it was the lake otter gone psycho or perhaps the lake cane monster, but others speculate they noticed a couple of teenage scuba divers enter the lake from Turkey Lake road a few minutes before the first reported incident.  There were no wetsuit-wearing victims only speedos and the majority were wearing Lucky’s Lake Swim Logo wear.  Saha Fernosh said it was a horribly traumatic experience, referring to the post swim run to her car, she did admit she enjoyed the applause and cheers.  Tom Welch, on the other hand, said it was a largely enjoyable experience and he hopes it happens again.  Gene who exited the water without a suit, said ” I can’t remember if I started with or without a suit” which may bring the total number of victims to eight.  4/1/2017

Don’t forget our EASTER Sunday  Eat/Pray/Swim   Click here to see the video

Service at sunrise (bring your own chairs and blankets)  Non-swimmers will eat right after the service and swimmers as they come in.  A great time to bring your family over.  All offerings/donations will be given to the YMCA Aquatic Center scholarship program.  A great program that helps many in need to learn to swim and it also helps our Special Olympic swimmers.
If you can’t make the event and would still like to contribute just click on this GO TO PAYPAL

All the cool people will be there.

All the cool people will be there.

Congrats to Mike Robinson  our newest 100K club member and along with wife Hope makes them one of our very few 100K couples.

Congrats to Mike Robinson our newest 100K club member and along with wife Hope makes them one of our very few 100K couples.

 

Where does Tom come up with all the great ideas for his Easter sermon . . . it's happening right here.

Where does Tom come up with all the great ideas for his Easter sermon . . . it’s happening right here.

Lucky was on Guinness World Records Live last week.  88 thousand views so far and counting.  He was doing the good PR thing wearing the Lake Swim Shirt.  You can see the video by CLICKING HERE

Lucky was on Guinness World Records Live last week. 88 thousand views so far and counting. He was doing the good PR thing wearing the Lucky’s Lake Swim Shirt. You can see the video by CLICKING HERE

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Water temp in high 60’s and more . . .

Yes the water temperature is now in the high 60s with more folks showing up and a higher percentage of swimmers in wetsuits.  That’s correct you read that right.  This is the “Lucky’s Lake Swim Paradox”  When the water drops below 70 degrees the colder is gets the higher the percentage of swimmers in the lake are without wetsuits. There is a very valid scientific reason for this . . . extreme cold is highly selective for mentally unstable people that are incapable of understanding the need for a wetsuit.

Jerry K. (One of our superstar volunteers checking folks in at the Swim Shack) has started the Aquatic Quote of the Week which he is displaying on the whiteboard each Saturday.  If you have a good quote pass it on to Jerry please do so.  Lucky contributed the first quote of the week.

I’m an Aquaholic, I’m powerless over my addiction, and I’m here to binge.

“Doc Lucky”

 

Speaking to other highfaluting  literary stuff – Barb Abney’s poem was selected by the Lake Cane Restoration Society’s Poet Laureate as this LCRS meeting’s winner.  The poem is now in the running with many other poems as the greatest poem of all time, final selection date is scheduled for some time in the future. For all of you poetry buffs out there below is the complete uncensored version.

Finally regarding other artistic ventures of Lake Cane Swimmers please check out the new short film “How not to open a Safe” featuring two of our notable swimmers Doc Lucky and Tom “The preacher man”  Lucky and Tom attempt to open  a safe (with possible treasure inside) that has not been opened in 50 years.  This has a much better ending that the opening of Al Capone’s vault. Sadly, the selections for the academy award for short films has already been determined, but they may have a shot for the finals of the Dumb and Dumber film festival, as they have been notified it will be screened on Feb 31st, they are pumped.

If you are a wall swimmer and labor over figuring out good workouts check out this website which offers online personalized workouts.

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Finally we appreciate all the board members that came to the Lake Cane Restoration Society meeting on Thursday.  It was great to see such a good turnout and all the great activity. As always Jay ran a super meeting (meaning we finished on time) The food was great!!! Many Thanks to Pammie Sammies.  Tom and Jay stayed behind to knock Pam off a ladder, we will see if we can continue to have meetings there . . . likely depends on how fast the swelling of her chin goes down.

Barb's most excellent poem.

Barb’s most excellent poem.

Mike Friedman scores his 500K cap.  Unfortunately Heff told him he had to ring the bell 500 times to get the cap.  We stopped him at ring number 377.

Mike Friedman scores his 500K cap. Unfortunately Heff told him he had to ring the bell 500 times to get the cap. We stopped him at ring number 377.

Lucky and Ton try their hand at Safe Cracking. Reality TV at its best. How not to open a Safe

Lucky and Ton try their hand at Safe Cracking. Reality TV at its best. How not to open a Safe

For those with kids/grandkids  ages 6-10  Have them try out splashball.  The two little guys in the photo Jake and Max Meisenheimer started their water polo days in YMCA youth programs.  Contact the YMCA Aquatic center for practice times.  407-363-1911

For those with kids/grandkids ages 6-10 Have them try out Splashball. The two little guys in the middle of the photo, Jake and Max Meisenheimer, started their water polo days in YMCA youth programs. Contact the YMCA Aquatic center for practice times. 407-363-1911

A beautiful shot of a big bird at lake Cane taken by Jacquie Meisenheimer.  Then she showed me a video of a mountain goat being hauled off by an eagle . . . and you wonder why Lucky has been swimming in the Swimex.

A beautiful shot of a big bird at lake Cane taken by Jacquie Meisenheimer. Then she showed Lucky a video of a mountain goat being hauled off by an eagle . . . and you wonder why Lucky has been swimming in the Swimex.

Paula Yankauskas a returning swimmer from Vermont. This year she crossed the English Channel - she was the 1,701st person to do so and the oldest USA woman!

Paula Yankauskas a returning swimmer from Vermont. This year she crossed the English Channel – she was the 1,701st person to do so and the oldest USA woman! I have no idea why this photo is upside down.  Probably because Lucky thought it would make his jowls not hang down. 

 

 

 

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Lucky’s Lake Swim Holiday Schedule

Okay, here is the Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Schedule.

Wednesday Dec 21th  ……………………… 6:30 AM
Thursday Dec 22st     ……………………….   7:45 AM
Friday Dec 23nd      ……………………….     7:45 AM
Saturday Dec 24rd   ………………………..    7:45 AM
Sunday Dec 25th Christmas Day  …….no swim
Monday Dec 26 Boxer Day …………………..7:45AM
Tuesday Dec 27………………………………….  7:45 AM
Wednesday Dec 28 ………………………………7:45 AM
Thursday Dec 29th ………………………………7:45 AM
Friday Dec 30th ……………………………………7:45AM
Saturday Dec 31th New Year’s Eve………….7:45AM
Sunday Jan 1   New Year’s Day…………….  7:45 AM

And for those “special people” , you know who you are, we have underwater hockey Monday-Wednesday-Friday at 7:30Pm at the YMCA Aquatic Center. The holidays are a great time to try out a new sport!

Dave and Mark got "cubby holed" at Lucky's last Saturday. (No, it's not what you were thinking). For doing 2000 crossings they got a T-shirt and a spot in the swim shack. WOW!

Dave and Mark got “cubby holed” at Lucky’s last Saturday. (No, it’s not what you were thinking). For doing 2000 crossings they got a T-shirt and a spot in the swim shack. WOW!  If you tell the average person on the street you will give them a t-shirt and a 1 square foot cubicle for personal belongings, housed in shed, and all they have to do is swim 2000 kilometers, they will punch you in the face and call the police . . . . not these two guys.

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Swimmers Happy T-Day, Coupon Attached!

Congrats to all the swimmers that came out on T-Day.  Below is a coupon which entitles the bearer to get in line first for Thanksgiving Day Dinner! Also check out the Orlando Sentinel today.  Lucky’s Lake Swim was listed in Scott Maxwell’s article as one of the “101 Things to Love About Central Florida”  Many thanks to the folks that submitted Lucky’s Lake Swim.

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45305415 – vector certificate template.

Lucky with swimming legend Matt Biondi.  And yes Lucky is wearing high heels and he still looks short.

Lucky with swimming legend, eight time Olympic Gold medalist,  Matt Biondi. And yes Lucky is wearing high heels and he still looks short.

Jacquie Meisenheimer with Olympic Gold Medalist Nathan Adrian.  No plans in the future for a Lucky's Lake Swim - we'll have to work on that.

Jacquie Meisenheimer with multiple Olympic Gold Medalist Nathan Adrian. No plans in the future for a Lucky’s Lake Swim – we’ll have to work on that.

A bunch of ver hungry T-Day swimmers.

A bunch of ver hungry T-Day swimmers. Ron didn’t do the swim but he still photo bombed the pic . . . no wait that’s Diggers butt, my mistake. You gotta admit with the dark photo it’s hard to tell, honest mistake. 

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Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

Yes we will be swimming on Thanksgiving.  It justifies the gustatory excesses that will occur later in the day. It is also  a bucket list icon that you can add to your Lucky’s Lake Swim R value score.

Thanksgiving Week Swim schedule:

Monday 6:30 AM
Tuesday 6:30AM
Wednesday 7:45AM
Thursday (Thanksgiving) 7:45AM
Friday (Black Friday) 7:45AM
Saturday 7:45AM

I am pleased to announce that the entire Thanksgiving week will be wet suit legal at Lucky’s Lake Swim; black sausage swimmers unite!

Jerry Krannebitter super star volunteer.  Thanks to Jerry and all the many other volunteers that make special events possible.  Someday we may even see Jerry swim the lake again.

Jerry Krannebitter super star volunteer. Thanks to Jerry and all the many other volunteers that make special events possible. Someday we may even see Jerry swim the lake again.

The lighted buoys were a success. Lucky ran into nobody during the swim, of course he was not near anybody with a lighted buoy as he is directionally challenged.

The lighted buoys were a success. Lucky ran into nobody during the swim, of course he was not near anybody with a lighted buoy as he is directionally challenged.

Many thanks to the movers and shakers of the frogman swim.  These guys made it all happen . . . except for Lucky who mooched food, won most of the lottery items and spent more time in the hot tub than he did in the lake.

Many thanks to the movers and shakers of the frogman swim. These guys made it all happen . . . except for Lucky who mooched food, won most of the lottery items and spent more time in the hot tub than he did in the lake.

An amazing emblem done by Kevin Curley. This is on display in Lucky's swimming room with the frogman swim emblem. Photo ops can be taken with each emblem for a small fee payable to Dave Heffernan.  (ed. update - please ignore the small fee comment Heff keeps hacking into the blog. It should read "Photo ops can be taken with each emblem in exchange for interesting vegan recipes  provided to Dave Heffernan.

An amazing emblem done by Kevin Curley. This is on display in Lucky’s swimming room with the frogman swim emblem. Photo ops can be taken with each emblem for a small fee payable to Dave Heffernan who is holding the emblem. (ed. update – please ignore the small fee comment Heff keeps hacking into the blog. It should read “Photo ops can be taken with each emblem in exchange for interesting vegan recipes provided to Dave Heffernan.

Lucky thanks Shelly Hughes who spearheaded a memorial fund honoring  Cesar Villanueva's son Giovanni.  Giovanni was a star diver at the YMCA Aquatic Center.  $2600 was raised in honor of Giovanni and presented to the YCF diving program.

Lucky thanks Shelly Hughes who spearheaded a memorial fund honoring Cesar Villanueva’s son Giovanni. Giovanni was a star diver at the YMCA Aquatic Center. $2600 was raised in honor of Giovanni and presented to the YCF diving program.

Getting ready for the Frogman swim. My understanding is over $7500 was raised for the Navy Seal Foundation.  Strong work to all the participants and volunteers.

Getting ready for the Frogman swim. My understanding is over $7500 was raised for the Navy Seal Foundation. Strong work to all the participants and volunteers.

Estevan Torres suffered two resuscitated drownings as a child.  He has overcome his fear of the water and now is in the 100K club and plays on YCF's underwater hockey team. If that's not an amazing come back story I don't know what is.

Estevan Torres suffered two resuscitated drownings as a child. He has overcome his fear of the water and now is in the 100K club and plays on YCF’s underwater hockey team. If that’s not an amazing come back story I don’t know what is.

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Water warm – Air cold and more . . .

Well the first cold snap of the fall is here; however the water is warm 78 even though the air was in the 60s. Great swimming weather. You know it’s spring when the swallows return to Capistrano, you know it’s fall when all the black sausage suits return to Lucky’s Lake swim, although the majority of the folks today made it fine just wearing their speedos.

Many congrats to Gene Augustin (age 85)  set the 85-89 lake swim record with a time of 42:46. Strong work Gene!

Don’t forget to sign up for the Lucky’s Lake Frogman Night OPS 5K swim on Saturday November 12th. All the proceeds go to the Navy Seal Foundation.  You don’t have to swim the entire 5K you can be on a relay and do as much as you want.  For more information click here. This is  a World Open Water Swimming Organization sanctioned event (first sanctioned event we have ever hosted at Lake Cane). Do not miss this one.  It’s dark, it’s cold and the lake cane monster is tired of feeding on carp, what could possibly go wrong?

If you didn’t see it on facebook Barcroft TV just released a short documentary on Lucky’s Yo-Yo collection.  Life is about choices “put your head in an oven and turn on the gas” or watch the “yo-yo video” nearly 20K people have chosen wisely. Will it get more views than “Piranha attack at Lucky’s Lake Swim” I don’t think so, but you decide.

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Gene sets the 85-89 record with a time of 42:46 He stayed in the hot tub longer than his swim time. Well deserved reward.

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Operation Christmas Child! A great little charitable thing to do this year. It’s simple fill a box with cool things for a kid (who basically has nothing) and Operation Christmas Child gets it to the kids. A great program that has been going on for years. The YMCA Aquatic Center has boxes you can fill them and drop them off there. I always say I am going to do a bunch and then never get around to it (loser – deeds not words) so this year I planned one and got it done (much better than planning 10 and getting zero completed). You can bet some kid is going to get a yo-yo this Christmas, oh yeah.

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Be there or be square, need I say more.

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Hurricane Swim and Night Ops 5K swim and More…

The swim on Friday (Oct 7th) time has been changed from 6:30AM to 7:45AM  Most folks are off work due the hurricane so we are making a later start time. We are not encouraging folks to swim Friday, but if the lake is swimmable Lucky will be swimming. Saturday’s swim will be at the regular 7:45am start time.  The water temp is perfect!

Don’t forget to sign up for the Lucky’s Lake Night Ops 5K Frogman Swim to be held on Saturday November 12th.  You can sign up for a team or do then entire 5K solo.  For More INFO CLICK HERE!

For those Lake swimmers that were going to either Jr Underwater Hockey or the main team practice on Friday please note that the pool is closed for the hurricane and we will not be having practice, might as well come swim the lake on Friday or Saturday to stay in shape.

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Kathleen scores her 500K club cap, please bend a knee to her when she wears it.

Preparing for Hurricane Matthew Lucky is doing his part by collecting all the Carp and putting them inside his bathtub for protection. Only 499 to go.

Preparing for Hurricane Matthew Lucky is doing his part by collecting all the carp and putting them inside his bathtub for protection. Only 499 to go.

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What a great Labor Day swim!!!

The water temp was finally down into the ” it feels good when I get in range”.  We had well over 120 swimmers and 25 first timers.  Over 8 different countries were represented and we had at least 6 Olympians (Triathletes) join us as well as a couple of world champions thrown in as well.  Scot Moore got to ring the big bell after taking 8 years to get his 100 crossings in and Dobe Cooney broke the woman’s 70-74 age group record also making the Cooney’s a three generation family of Lucky’s Lake Swimmers.  Quite a morning!  Just a reminder the Lake Cane Restoration Society has a board meeting this Thursday at 6:30PM at Pammie’s Sammies.

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Dobe Cooney age 72 breaks the 70-74 age group record and becomes the third generation of the Cooney’s to do the swim. She’s smiling because she knows the 75-79 record slot is still open. See you again Dobe in three years.

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Lucky photo bombs the Wollongong Wizards group photo. A bunch of Olympians, world class athletes and Lucky.

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Scot Moore took eight years to get his 100 and in his one great photo op “naked guy” photobombs him in the shower. Still, it’s better than being photo bombed by “naked Ron” I think everyone would agree.

 

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Labor Day Swim schedule and more

Regular swim times this week with the exception of Labor Day when we will be swimming at 7:45am.  We are now entering perfect open water swim season which starts around September and goes through mid October. The water temp drops down into comfortable levels, so if you haven’t been out in a while dust off your Speedos and get back into the groove of things.

For those that were wondering who might be taking over the Lochte Speedo contract Click Here

 

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Ray Wiss a Canadian Lucky’s Lake Swimmer just completed his first ironman the Mont Tremblant in Quebec. He has trouble running because he was shot in the knee in Afghanistan. He had to walk the run part ,and he did it in his military fatigues to honor his buddies who didn’t return from Afghanistan. Notice the sliver of green under the official race cap. It is a green Lucky’s Lake Swim cap. How cool. Many congrats Ray and thanks for sharing your story.

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Carol Walker scored her 200K shirt and it only took seven years.

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Barbara Giles and her 200K shirt. Ron could not photobomb the picture so at Ron’s request Lucky stepped in for him as a stunt double.

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Sara Haugh poses with Buddy the Gator (always swim with a buddy) after completing her 100K. Her husband Tim plans on doing a crossing real soon, but he is building up his endurance first by taking lots of showers. You go Tim!

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Judy Montana makes the 100k club (Judy is the daughter of Legendary Lucky’s Lake Swimmer George Mann a.K.a Cypress Sam. They are in a select group of two generations from the same family being in the 100 K club.

 

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Local elections

They say all politics are local and our local elections for county commissioners time is now.  Obviously we would like to have a commissioner in our district that is Lake Cane friendly.  As the government is the largest polluter of the lake (through directed road run off into the lake) it is nice to have politicians in place that will work to rectify the problem.  Our current district commissioner Scott Boyd had worked well with us for many years and has been a great help in improving the lake quality.  We appreciate all the aid he has given us from working to stop the “poison pipeline” to hundreds of thousands put into the lake in chemical treatments to keep the lake safe.  I would give  Scott an A on helping Lake Cane.  Scott’s term as District 1 commissioner has come to an end and now we have four candidates that are running for his position.  Two of the candidates have visited the lake swim on more than one occasion Robert “Bobby O” Olszewski and Betsy VanderLey, the other two have not.  The lake Cane Restoration society asked all the candidates some questions and the only two to respond were Robert “Bobby O” Olszewski and Betsy VanderLey,  below are their responses.  LCRS is a 501c corporation and cannot endorse a candidate, but we have tried to ask the right questions so you can best judge your choice. Please take time to vote.  Lucky

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Betsy VanderLey

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Robert “Bobby O” Olszewski

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R Value
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Name
1 3107 Tom Welch
2 1619 John Meisenheimer
3 1552 Meisenheimer Jake
4 1382 Meisenheimer Jacquie
5 1226 Simba Durio
6 1139 Dowtae Joseph
7 973 Amy Jackson
8 863 Meisenheimer Maximus
9 736 Dave Heffernan
10 732 George Mann
11 674 Barb Abney
12 574 Pete Gold
13 529 Fitzgerald Kathleen
14 522 Audrey Carter
15 519 Mark Myers
16 498 Kimberly Hawkins
17 478 ROBINSON HOPE
18 465 Cleve Cooney
19 456 Mike Waid
20 454 Estevan Torres
21 446 Amit Ranjan
22 441 Bill Ireland
23 430 Gregg Dedic
24 429 Garfield Thomas
25 372 Alexei Tschausoff
26 363 Glenn Baker
27 337 Patrick Hopewell
28 328 Penny Reed
29 316 Teresa De anda
30 286 Bob Shuler
31 277 Elizabeth Crepeau
32 271 Melissa Daly
33 268 Paul Noel
34 249 Barth Getto
35 246 Tim Boyd
36 243 Shauna Anstey
37 238 Tom Bogan
38 236 Xinjun Wang
39 232 PAUL CHARD
40 231 Carolyn Upchurch
41 221 Michelle Dalton
42 214 CURLEY KEVIN
43 214 Joe Mattern
44 210 Troy Serres
45 205 Steven Ray
46 204 Sean McClean
47 195 RATCLIFF TERESAA
48 194 Stacy Stoner
49 192 Mike Pettis
50 180 Karen Walker
51 170 Test Testor
52 159 Julian Tschausoff
53 158 MALISSA PIERSOL
54 157 Tim Rowand
55 154 Pedro Faneite
56 150 Laura Cole
57 147 Marcello Quieti
58 146 Yannick Guillemer
59 145 Chet Laird
60 145 Richard LeBlanc
61 145 Michelle Hoffman
62 140 Kirby Bell
63 140 Andrew Cunningham
64 135 David Kalb
65 134 Rainer Bendzinski
66 126 Marilu Burden
67 125 Paul Dillman
68 123 Dennis Robinson
69 120 ELIZABETH TICHENOR
70 116 Casey Johnson
71 113 Sue Christopoulos
72 108 Henrique Lopes
73 105 Liz Knazek
74 105 David Brown
75 101 Ricardo Miro
76 99 Laura Minns
77 97 Donna Maguire
78 96 Patrick McKinney
79 91
80 91 Frank Guevara
81 91 Ingrid
82 90 Steve Hoberg
83 85 THOMAS ESMONT
84 85 Mark Ross
85 81 Efren Ramirez
86 80
87 79 Tracy Hendershot
88 78 Allan Shields
89 75 Turner Anderson
90 73 Paul Kelly
91 73 Scot Moore
92 72 Dennis White
93 72 Jane Ice
94 67 John Antonelli
95 66 Thomas Webster
96 66 Stephen Zorc
97 65 Hunter Hawver
98 62 SCOTT GRACE
99 62 Kurt Gies
100 62 Marianne Holt
101 62 David Jarvis
102 56 Joy Burke
103 56 NATALIE WILLIAMS
104 54 Shane Leiby
105 52 Jerome Bareth
106 52 FRANCO CAVALIERE
107 51 Dave Cardwell
108 51 Jennifer Middlebrook
109 50 ROBINSON MICHAEL
110 49 Greg Franca
111 49 Amanda Word
112 48 Monica Showers
113 47 TYLER STOVER
114 45 Charlie Le Grand
115 42 Diana Lutz
116 42 Craig Duddles
117 39 Peter Orosz
118 39 Jamie Luce
119 35 Patrick Dexter
120 34 Ted Thompson
121 31 Kevin Hart
122 31 Andrea Plant
123 31 Rebecca Young
124 25 STEVE GOODWIN
125 24 Laura Wingate
126 24 Loretta Kwan
127 20 Wayne Law
128 16 CHELSEA SIMMONS
129 13 Peter Wachtel
130 7 Frank Borden
131 7 Tim Seeton
132 3 Daniel Hodges
133 2 Michael Valentine
134 2 Kimberly Kromasn
135 2 Sean Flaugher
136 2 Kali Bush
137 1 Victor Reyes
138 1 Scott Patten
139 1 Mylene Mamuyac
140 1 Erica Steiger
141 1 Julia House
142 0 Yannick Guillemer
143 0 GIGI BETTENCOURT - FAVISON
144 0 Joe Carey
145 0 SMITH JESSEKARL
146 0 Sarah Cook
147 0 Mike Waro
148 0 Shana Wills

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